Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom), backed by Vinci Airports, reported today that it has successfully completed a major construction project to upgrade runway 17-35 at the José Francisco Peña Gómez International Airport of the Americas (AILA-JFPG), with an investment of more than US$3 million.
The recently completed work at the airport required the closure of the runway from August 7 to 20, from 11:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., to allow for the removal and placement of new asphalt material on 54,000 square meters, as well as the resurfacing of another 57,000 square meters.
These works have improved the runway’s taxiway conditions and extended its useful life, helping to preserve operational safety.
The works were coordinated since February of this year with all airlines and tour operators, achieving the rescheduling of flights scheduled for those days in that time slot, without affecting passengers, informed the company.
It assures that all construction works were carried out following the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and complying with other international parameters for the construction of specialized pavements.
The work performed
The maintenance and repair works on the AILA runway included asphalting, rejuvenation and placement of new horizontal signage, executed by the contractor Alba Sánchez y Asocs. with the supervision of Aerodom’s Pavement team.
Improvements were also made to the airport’s electrical system and runway lighting system, with the aim of strengthening its capacity and mitigating the risk of events.
As part of the world’s leading private airport operator, Vinci Airports, Aerodom has paid attention to strengthening and optimizing the infrastructure areas of the six airports it operates, with an investment of over US$100 million.
In this year 2023, a major improvement and maintenance was completed on the runway of the airport in Puerto Plata, with an investment of over US$4.5 million.
Thanks to the ongoing works and investments, it has been possible to meet the additional demand for services experienced by the airports under the administration of Aerodom and Vinci Airports, which have experienced a growth in traffic in the first half of 2023 of 15% compared to 2022, the company reports.
Aerodom and Vinci Airports operate six state-owned airports under a concession contract granted by the state, which include the international airports:
Las Américas, José Francisco Peña Gómez, in Santo Domingo; Dr. Joaquín Balaguer, in Santo Domingo Norte; Gregorio Luperón, in Puerto Plata; María Montez, in Barahona; and Presidente Juan Bosch in the province of Samaná. In addition, the Arroyo Barril Aerodrome, also located in Samaná.